A newly orphaned girl is placed in the care of her independent uncle. Teenage Rose must learn to discover her new place in the world as a heiress and educated woman. To assist her in her transformation are several aunts and eight cousins, energetic boys who keep her grounded. As Rose’s journey continues, she challenges those around her to match her generous and selfless ways.
While Eight Cousins will not be immediately gripping to an audience raised in the fast paced world of YA survival/adventure novels and action movies, it has an old worldy charm which will always recommend it to the persistent reader. Alcott’s books are universally charming, which is necessary, given the morals which she is not afraid to preach throughout them. The author claims herself in the forward to the book that it is imperfect, but many perfections can be found especially in Rose’s tender love for her father and uncle and her changing and sometimes challenging relationships with her eight cousins. Although each of the boys has his cookie cutter place in the story, there are some delightful exceptions particularly regarding Mac whose journey to true sight stands out as one of the more endearing parts of this simple tale of a family.
7 out of 10
Appropriate for all ages.